Front door paint colour

I would like to know what colour to paint our front door. We are planning on adding a white railing in the next few months and want the door to stand out. We are north-west facing and since there are no trees in front of the house, we get a lot of sun (just in case that is a factor for paint colour!). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
q front door paint colour, curb appeal, doors, painting
  27 answers
  • Lo Lo on Mar 23, 2015
    I'd suggest a colonial/barn red

  • I would go with what no one else on the block has. How about a teal color? Or even burnt orange? If that is too bold then think about a medium blue/gray color. Go with what you love so that when you pull up to your house you think to yourself "Oh how I love my front door"

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Mar 23, 2015
    Nice. Apparently red is bad for fading on cars, at least. (Had a raspberry T-bird painted twice!) With your neutrals, almost any colour would work - red, black, etc. I think a brighter tone blue-green would be a less common colour, and also look nice. I'd use black house numbers and mailbox or arty piece to the left of the door to balance out the bush on the far right. Might also think about a large black jug with real or artificial spikes/chairs on the veranda. Might be a thought to curve your flower bed into the large sidewalk area beside the steps so there is not so much linear effect with the addition of the railing..

  • Dar1395900 Dar1395900 on Mar 23, 2015
    I vote for teal too

  • Tina Tina on Mar 23, 2015
    Thanks everyone so far for your input! I like the idea of a colonial red, but teal sounds good too...decisions decisions! I just wish I could see what it looks like before hand. Marion, thanks for the design to, too. We do have the garden coming down the side of the walk way - this summer we plan on planting some colorful annuals. And hopefully the railing will be complete!

  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 24, 2015
    Here's an idea--Take a pic and print it out on computer paper with enough copies to use all your colors of interest. Use colored pencils to see which one pleases you the most. I vote colonial red and black accents on the porch--like two black rocking chairs and a small table with a beautiful fern

  • Linda T Linda T on Mar 24, 2015
    Blue, but not a navy blue. Some lighter blue. And by the way, that is the cutest little house. Now I'm dying to see the inside. :)

  • Sylvia platt Sylvia platt on Mar 24, 2015
    gotta go with the red..would really stand out;)

  • Tina Tina on Mar 24, 2015
    Such great suggestions! I think I'm leaning toward a I just have to convince boyfriend. And thank you so much, Linda - we love our little house!

  • Beverly Beverly on Mar 24, 2015
    I like a red door. I had a color mixed for my door it was a spacific red with a little magenta and black in it. I took a color sample to home Depot and they matched and mixed it for me. I live in the south and at the time my front door got a lot of sun but I had no fading.

  • Sally Sally on Mar 24, 2015
    It's just paint, if you don't like the color you can paint it something different! I think Anne Slone chalk paint color Arles(golden yellow) would look pretty. But you can't go wrong with red. Have fun with it!

  • Sar1137121 Sar1137121 on Mar 24, 2015
    I would go for something totally different. Like a bright burnt orange.

  • Lisa Martin-Osorio Lisa Martin-Osorio on Mar 24, 2015
    I'm thinking a very deep purple, like an aubergine 😊

  • Suzie Henderson Suzie Henderson on Mar 24, 2015
    Upload a photo of your house to this site: and you can change to color of your door to see what it looks like.

  • Margaret Feind Margaret Feind on Mar 24, 2015
    I love bright yellow, red, or blue. Yet, this is only if you have a muted cool color house like slate silver, or white with black shutters. If you enjoy your warm tan house color (which I do) perhaps a burnt deep red or deep midnight blue...

  • Lynne Kiselbach Lynne Kiselbach on Mar 24, 2015
    I love your home. Adding a porch is perfect. Benjamin Moore has a great red called Sun Dried Tomato that looks beautiful with taupe/ brown colors.

  • 861650 861650 on Mar 24, 2015
    Go for a slightly muted red....not a fire engine red. I did go to Lowes Hardware and picked out about 10 to 12 red sample cards. (Just remember the lighting in the store cast a yellow hue on everything.) Then I cut the bottom part off which left only a red square. Taped them in two rows on a piece of white copy paper. I then taped the entire display outside beside the door. After looking at the display for a few days, you will certainly decide which is your favorite. You can do this with any color.

  • Dolores DeLuise Dolores DeLuise on Mar 24, 2015
    red, of course. Chinese red.

  • Jodi Simmons Gradolph Jodi Simmons Gradolph on Mar 24, 2015
    I would paint this door a persimmon orange.

  • M M on Mar 24, 2015
    Have you considered an olive or moss green?

  • Barbara Ritchings Barbara Ritchings on Apr 04, 2015
    golden yellow sounds perfect!

  • Suzanne Bailey Suzanne Bailey on Jul 16, 2015
    Hang a paint swatch on the door to see how it looks at different times of day.

  • Nancy Flemming Nancy Flemming on Jul 18, 2016
    Burgandy goes really nice with taupe. As others have suggested put paint swatches on the door and look at them from a distance

  • Cur8292991 Cur8292991 on Jul 31, 2016
    DEEP AQUA!!!!

  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Aug 01, 2016
    Would high gloss black be too radical?

    • Tina Tina on Aug 01, 2016
      I think that may look good, especially since we are going to be adding a gate on either side that I was think of doing in white wood with black steel posts. The black door would tie it all in. Thoughts on the white wood aspect?

  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Aug 03, 2016
    I think the white wood would look quite special. Would an all black fence be too much do you think? Perhaps the black might help the fence 'disappear'. Perhaps with white fence slats, and black poles, the fence might look 'bitsy'. It's hard to visualise. Or you could just go for a total white fence which would suit the cottage appearance of your home, which is beautiful by the way. A deep burgundy as one of the ladies who replied suggested would also look terrific and if you chose burgundy then do an all burgundy fence. But with some bright greenery perhaps if you go for black or burgundy which would really set it off. If you go for burgundy, maybe you could find some plants that would pick up the burgundy. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will look beautiful. Make sure you post the end results. Good Luck. Gabrielle - Sydney - aust

  • Thomas Thomas on Dec 15, 2021

    Paint it semi-gloss black to contrast the white rails